Before RA diagnosis - 3 years ago on boxing day I was out walking and remember being hit with intense pain in feet, lasted for one day, 2 years ago on Xmas day I was crying with pain this time in wrists, following that year my RA appreared, last Xmas day I was fantastic, in medically induced remission, no pain whatsoever (I was taking Enbrel and MTX)
So this year, I have been off MTX due to low WCC, 22nd Dec I went out to a party night, felt 100%, danced, wore a decent 4inch heel and ran for the taxi at end of night!
Next morning I started to flare but unlike the usual RA pain, this was far worse and very like I experienced 2 and 3 years ago, both times after eating turkey. I put it down to having a few drinks, having too much fun ect.. then almost within an hour after xmas dinner turkey I had to reach for the tramadol as I was in so much pain, it settled, then turkey for boxing day again and I was in extreme pain again.
Stupidly, it took me another day of turkey to realise the trigger, now I haven't touched it and I'm starting to feel myself again.
I've been googling this and it seems that food high in Purines can trigger flares.
I also found a report that MTX reduces the amount of Purines in our blood! this explains why last year (maybe) the turkey didn't have the same affect??
Bacon is also high, which I ate tons of this year!
any thoughts anyone?